If you have checked out the music creator section at One Spark Berlin website yet you couldn't have missed these guys from Berlin. Nature In The City are one of my favourites among the 10 music projects that will showcase at the festival at Platoon Kunsthalle on September 13. I talked to NITC, who have just returned from their street gig tour through the far North of Germany...
50K MUSIC: Who are Nature in the City? Please tell us a bit about the band.
NITC: We met for the first time in Boston, a couple of years back, where we studied music and played in a band together. Musically we were on the same page right away. And so it was no surprise that we hooked up again when we both ended up living in Berlin.
Grandpa's Cough Medicine have been the music category winners at One Spark in Jacksonville this year. I talked to Brett Bass about their One Spark experience and what they'd recommend One Spark Berlin participators ...
50K MUSIC: Grandpa's Cough Medicine is a quite unusual name for a band? Who had the idea and where does it come from?
Brett: It was my idea, I started the band. My grandpa used to give me whiskey, honey and lemon if I got sick as a child before bed, wrapping me in blankets to make me "sweat it out". I thought it would make a good name for a hillbilly band.
50K MUSIC: And who are the guys behind Grandpa's Cough Medicine?
Brett: I'm Brett Bass and it is my brainchild, I play guitar, sing and write a large percentage of the material. We're completely independent, so I also manage and book the band. But I couldn't do it without Jon Murphy who plays bass, sings and also writes songs and Mike Coker who plays banjo.
Dave Kerzner's "New World" album project is in the final spurt phase - still 3 days for you to back his upcoming Prog Rock album. I talked to him about the time after leaving Sound of Contact, the Kickstarter experience and his further plans ...
50K MUSIC: How have you been since you left Sound of Contact earlier this year? What have you been busy with?
Dave: Overall, I'd say I've been great. Thanks! As you might imagine, it wasn't easy seeing the band touring and performing those songs without me. It definitely felt weird. Songs are like your babies and some of them are very personal for me. Now, in a situation like this one can either be depressed or they can get off their ass and carry on doing what they love to do anyway. So, that's what I did and it's why I said overall it's been great! I felt so much creative momentum after co-creating Dimensionaut and was so thrilled and fired up from the response it got that I thought it was time to come out front and do my own solo album as my personal follow up material. I have no plans to break up with myself so I think it's safe to say this is the beginning of something great that I can carry on doing.
Sidereal are the winners of The One Spark Music Jurors Award at the One Spark Festival held in Jacksonville, FL, this year. With their "Sidereal 2014 Takeover" project they've convinced the music category jury and have won $10,000 in prize money. I've talked to them about their One Spark participation, their project and what they would recommend One Spark Berlin candidates ...
50K MUSIC: First please tell us a bit about the band? Where do you come from? Who are the guys behind Sidereal? What are your (musical) roots?
Sidereal: The band consists of Lukas (Sax, Keys, Ukulele, Vocals) and Niko Costas (Drums), Colin Paterson (Vocals / Guitar), and Kevin Beaugrand (Bass). The four grew up in the little town of Fruit Cove, FL directly between Jacksonville and St. Augustine and are now based in the great city of Jacksonville Beach!
A little more than a month ago Willie Stratton & The Boarding Party have completed the funding for their just released album Deserter on Pledgemusic. I talked to Willie about the Pledgemusic experience, the new album and their plans for the next months ...
50K MUSIC: For a start, who is Willie Stratton? What is The Boarding Party?
Willie: I am Willie Stratton! I'm a 22 year old singer/songwriter, and the Boarding Party is a group of mean string pluckers that I play with. We've got Dave Fultz on guitar and baritone guitar, Grace Stratton on bass and occasionally smacking the floor tom, and Patrick Murphy on the drum kit.
50K MUSIC: Where do you come from? What are your (musical) roots?
Willie: I come from Bedford, which is a Nova Scotian town in Canada. It's nothing too special, just a suburban area, but it's nicely located on the harbour. My musical roots come mainly from American folk music. When I was younger I was strongly influenced by my Grandfather, who played piano and basically anything else he could get his hands on. I was also a huge fan of Woody Guthrie, and basically anything I could find that Alan Lomax recorded. I try to do what those old songsters did with a bit of a Canadian twist.
A few days ago I discovered Myrra's project on Musicraiser. She's raising funds for her second album and there are only 7 days left to support her. I talked to her about the album project, the crowdfunding experience and her future plans ...
50K MUSIC: First please tell us a bit about yourself. Who is Myrra Rós? Where do you come from, even musically?
Myrra: Well I come from Hafnarfjörður in Iceland. It is close to the capital, Reykjavík, where I now live. My fathers side of the family is very musical, almost everyone can play guitar to some level and some of them have studied music. My father was in bands when I was younger and I used to get my interest in music from him. He was the one who sat me down when I was young and showed me some albums that he liked and from then on I started taking interest in music. I started quite late though myself. I was going to study fine arts and be a painter or an illustrator. But then when I was 20 years old I picked up a guitar and from then on I have been playing guitar and piano a little bit. I have only been playing live since around 2008 though. I am also in another band I started with my husband Júlíus called VAR.
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